Transition to Professional Practice Program – Registered Midwife
With us is where you start your fulfilling, professional career as a Midwife
The Women’s & Children’s Hospital provides the state’s largest Maternity and Obstetric service. It is also the leading provider of health services to women, children and young people.
This is the beginning of your exciting and rewarding career in Midwifery. Our program aims to aid the transition from education to the role of the professional Midwife. The 12 month period of adjustment and bringing together of theoretical and practice knowledge will enable skill consolidation, build your confidence, encourage a positive attitude to work and define your professional responsibilities and boundaries.
We aim to achieve this transition by:
As part of the program you will:
Clinical Placement Opportunities
All clinical placements will be within the Women’s & Babies Division. The areas you will rotate into are the Delivery Suite, Postnatal Ward, Antenatal/Gynaecology Ward, Women’s Assessment Unit, Outpatient clinics and the Neonatal Unit.
With 16 delivery rooms, 3 high dependency rooms and its own obstetric theatre delivery suite facilitates the birth of just over 5000 babies each year. We have a range of women from low risk to high risk and from all over South Australia. We have a Midwifery Group Practice facility for those women choosing this option and we facilitate homebirths. You will gain experience in caring for women with a variety of complex obstetric complications.
We have 49 postnatal beds with our average length of stay being 2.8 days. We take pride in the fact that we are BFHI accredited.
We have a total of 30 beds, 6 allocated to gynaecology patients and the rest as antenatal and postnatal overflow. We do elective gynaecology surgery cases which are mostly laparoscopic which enables the women to go home the same day.
Women’s Assessment Unit
We have anywhere between 30 to 80 women through each day but on average around 55. Any elective antenatal and gynaecology admissions come here and if they are in labour then they go up to delivery Suite.
This is a busy area providing care for the women in correlation with the state guidelines on the ‘antenatal schedule for pregnant women’. Additional appointments for women with complications are what make this a thriving hub of activity with an excellent learning experience.
This is separated in to 2 units. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, (NICU) and Special Care Baby Unit, (SCBU).
NICU is for babies in need of respiratory support, central line management and continuous monitoring. They have 16 beds for babies from 23 up to 42 weeks gestation.
SCBU is for babies who don’t need such intensive care, for example, assistance in feeding via nasogastric tube, temperature regulation, blood sugar stabilisation to name but a few.
Ongoing Career Development
Following successful completion of the Transition to Professional Practice Program you will have the opportunity to further your career as a confident, respected professional Midwife.
Completion of Program
A ceremony is held each February for Registered Midwives who have completed the Transition to Professional Practice Program.
The TPPP-RM Information Session will be held on the 8th August 2013 from 14.00-16.00 in Room 202, Level 2, Samuel Way Building, WCH.
Please register your interest in attending by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
During this session you will be given the opportunity to meet with ward based educators, Clinical Learning Coordinators and the TPPP Coordinator to discuss the program.
Applying for the Program
Recruitment to 2013 SA Health Transition to professional Practice Programs will be done via a centralised process. For more detailed information regarding the application process, please visit, http://www.sahealthcareers.com.au/campaign.php?id=50
For further information about the Transition to professional Practice for Registered Midwives at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital, please contact
Beverley Page – Education facilitator – Transition to Professional Practice Coordinator – RM